Texas’ Welfare Rolls Shrink, Rick Perry Deserves Praise

Editor’s Note: This Op-Ed was written and submitted to Breitbart Texas by Logan Pike and Justin Haskins with The Heartland Institute.

They say “everything is bigger in Texas,” but Texas’ welfare rolls are shrinking, and presidential hopeful and former Gov. Rick Perry (R) deserves a lot of the credit.

When Perry first became governor of Texas in 2000, the number of people enrolled in the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program was well over 300,000. Since then, the number has declined to below 80,000, and a new study says key policy changes help explain why.

On March 19, The Heartland Institute, a free-market think tank in Chicago, released its updated welfare reform report card, an analysis of every state’s welfare policies since the passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) in 1996. READ MORE …

[Originally Published on Breitbart TEXAS]